Besides the important Q7 news, there was much more to see on the Audi stand on the Brussels Show.
First of all, the Audi A1, which is built for the entire world at the Audi Brussels plant. We mention here that this state of the art, thoroughly modern Audi plant can be visited during workdays (almost) throughout the year, by individuals or groups, and this is a most interesting and gripping 2 hour automotive experience, which should not be missed.
The new Q3 has also its European show premiere, as is the face lifted iconic TT, the recently revamped A6 family and last but not least the plug in hybrid Audi A3 Sportback e-tron.
The stand also included an 'Audi exclusive lounge', which offers demanding Audi clients that something extra…(see photo below)
Hans Knol ten Bensel
As said, the A1 has now been built in more than 500.000 units since its launch in 2010. We already told you about the bodywork styling changes, the new 3 cylinder engines and finishes. The array of versions has been restructured, and in the new ‘design’ and ‘sport’ lines, the A1 can be finished even more individually. On top of that there is the “design selection” and the S-line sportpack. There are still further individualization possibilities, like ventilation openings, individual external paint patterns, etc, etc.
The car has not less than four TFSI and two diesel (TDI) engines, ranging from 90 to 192 hp. All engines can be coupled to the 7 speed S tronic automatic, which comes even standard on the 1,8 TFSI version.
One can choose the 7 speed S tronic automatic in the A1...
Base engine is now the 3 cylinder 1 litre TFSI which offers 70 kW or 95 hp. A new 3 cylinder diesel, the 1.4 TDI ultra, offers 90 hp and delivers outstanding economy with merely 3,4 l/100 km (89 g CO2/km). There is a new S line sports chassis with Audi drive Select, which lets you choose between three modes, 'auto', 'efficiency' en 'dynamic'.
MMI Navigation plus is the high end solution on infotainment. The Audi connect module offers online services and all occupants can hook up their smart phone or other devices to the WLAN-hotspot. One can also enjoy the Bose surround Sound System, when you are in the mood…
The new A1 is in our country available in the dealer showrooms from February onwards…
We photographed the A1 here together with Patrick Danau, General Director for Production, Technology and Logistics and Spokesperson of the Management of AUDI BRUSSELS S.A./N.V. He succeeded Gerhard Schneider at Audi Brussels on May 1. Mr. Danau s fully acquainted with the operation of the Brussels plant from his many years of experience there.
Mr. Danau studied electro-mechanical engineering at the Hoger Technical Institute Sint-Antonius, in Ghent, Belgium, where he was born. He started his career in the assembly department of the Brussels plant in 1978. From 1982 until 1984, he was responsible for production at the VW plant in Uitenhage in South Africa. After that, he held senior positions in planning and assembly at theBrussels plant until 2006.
Subsequently, he was Head of Production at the VW plant in Emden, Germany; later he was responsible for the technical management of Auto 5000 and then transferred to the VW plant in Pamplona, Spain, at first as Director for Production and as managing director as of 2011
European premiere for the Q3…
The design of the Q3 has been uplifted, and three TFSI and three TDI engines have more power and are more frugal too. Capacities range from 1,4 to 2 litres, power levels from 120 to 220 hp. Cylinder on demand technology is also available now.
New are the Q3-equipment versions 'design' and 'sport', with on top of that the 'S line'-sportpack, the 'Sport Design'- exterior pack', the 'Audi Design Selection' pack and the 'Offroad'-exterior pack.
Xenon plus-technology is now standard for the headlights, and infotainment and audi connect are also offered here. Webradio Audi music stream, traffic info online or navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View are also offered.
The new Q3 will be in Februari in the Belgian Audi showrooms, and first deliveries will take place in March.
Third generation TT…
On the Brussels Show we saw also the revamped TT with its new dashboard lay-out, the so called “virtual cockpit”.
The proud owner can choose between een “classic” display mode with larger instruments, in the “infotainment” mode, these instruments are smaller. (see photo above)
The menu system resembles a smartphone, with also an MMI touchpad. The 169 kW (230 pk) version can be had with the manual 6-speed gearbox or the S tronic and FWD quattro. De 2.0 TDI ultra of 135 kW (184 pk) comes with the manual 6-speed and consumes only 4,2 l/100 km, good for CO2-emissions of barely 110 g/km.
There is even more, like the A6 with a facelift and revised engines, and last but not least the A3 Sportback e-tron, which we drove for you in these columns, and of which more soon in a more extended test…
Hans Knol ten Bensel